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3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution

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The 3D Printing Revolution is about to transform our lives. While traditional laser and inkjet printers only make marks on paper, 3D printers build up solid objects in a great many very thin layers. Already pioneers are 3D printing production tools, prototypes, jewelry, sunglasses, works of art, toys and vehicle parts. But this is just the beginning, with digital manufacturing destined to change how we create, transport and store a great many things.

Within a decade, some products may be downloaded from the Internet for printout in store or even at home. Already DIY enthusiasts are building their own 3D printers, while consumer models for the rest of us are just starting to arrive. Meanwhile doctors are learning how to 3D print kidneys and other replacement human organs.

In this book, futurist Christopher Barnatt explains how 3D printing works, overviews the 3D printing industry, interviews some of its pioneers, and highlights how 3D printing may help to save the planet. Also included is an extensive glossary of 3D printing terminology and a 3D printing directory.

Christopher Barnatt's 2012 book 25 Things You Need to Know About the Future was reviewed by The Futurist as "an exciting, yet realistic and believable, vision", and by New Scientist as "a worthwhile read for anyone curious to know what may await us".

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1. The Next Revolution -- entering a new age -- DOWNLOAD FREE PDF

2. 3D Printing Technologies -- info on every technology on the market or in the lab.

3. The 3D Printing Industry -- info on manufactuers, software providers and bureau.

4. Digital Manufacturing Pioneers -- inc. interviews with those 3D printing final stuff.

5. Personal Fabrication -- how a new generation of 'makers' will be empowered.

6. 3D Printing & Sustainabilty -- saving resources and facilitating product repair.

7. Bioprinting -- the latest from the guy who created this popular future vision.

8. Brave New World? -- separating probable fact from science fiction.

Glossary -- over 100 key terms and technologies precisely defined.

3D Printing Directory

Further Reading



Jason King Book Review: 3D Printing – The Next Industrial Revolution, 3D Print Headquarters, 27th April 2014.

Replicator World, June 2013: Direct Digital Manufacturing Pioneers.

Interview with Gary Anderson Christopher Barnatt on “The Business of 3D Printing”, 3DPrintingStocks.com, 10th October 2013.

Christopher Barnatt 3D Printing: The Business Opportunities, 3Dprinter.net, 7th October 2013.

Read customer reviews on Amazon.com.


"I am pleased to confirm that we will be using your book as a required text in our F'13 Design 204, 3D Modeling and Prototyping course here at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside, CA. We found your book to be timely, pertinent, well-written and applicable to the topics being covered in the course", Chris Boehm.

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3D Printing book cover
First published 4th May 2013
by ExplainingTheFuture.com
ISBN-13: 978-1484181768.

3D Printing Chinese cover

Chinese translation published by Posts & Telecom Press,
1st July 2014.
ISBN: 978-7115344014

3D Printing Japanese cover

Japanese translation published by Nikkei BP,
13th December 2013.
ISBN: 978-4822285258

3DP Book Korea

Korean translation published by Hanbit Biz
19th September 2014.
ISBN: 978-8994120904

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